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Role of parents

The following paragraphs give an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parents, in the belief that such an understanding will help place home-school policies in the right perspective.

(a)
As partners of the school, parents should:
 
  • play an active role in the education of their children;
 
  • understand the needs of their children and play an active role in helping schools to interpret responses from the public;
 
  • show an active interest in their children's schooling;
 
  • participate in activities and consultation related to the education of their children;
 
  • co-operate with the school and other parents in the interests of their children's education;
 
  • be supportive of agreed school policies;
 
  • be aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to the education of their children and how those rights and responsibilities are reflected in the policies and practices of the school; and
 
  • provide opinions and suggestions for school improvement.
(b)
As clients of the school, parents should be provided with comprehensive information related to:
 
  • the education provided to their children;
 
  • the operation of the school;
 
  • the child's performance at school and how this is assessed;
 
  • the performance of the school and how this is assessed; and
 
  • other matters related to the educational development of their children
(c)
As decision-makers of the school, parents should:
 
  • vote in or stand for the election of parent managers on the SMC; and
 
  • put forward views about what the school is doing and make suggestions on how it should be run.
(d)
As home-educators, parents should provide basic care and guidance towards the good behaviour and general development of their children. They should keep school staff informed of their children's progress and significant events that may affect their children's learning.